The Old Time Radio show, Jerry of the Circus, is a wonderfully heartwarming and delightful children's series, syndicated in 1937. The show is fifteen minutes in length and follows the adventures of Jerry Dugan and his dog, Rags. Jerry and Rags join Sam Randall's Circus after the death of his family.
In the premier episode, Jerry brings a note to Sam from his father saying that Jimmy "has the circus in his blood." Which is how Jerry and his dog, Rags become members of circus.
The characters include:
Jerry Dugan - orphan who joins the Randall Brothers Circus when his father dies
Rags - Jerry's dog
Mr. Randall - owner of the Randall Brothers Circus
Bumps - the clown Jerry bunks with; recruits Jerry's dog Rags for his act
Patsy - the trapeze artist of the circus
Jason - the large cat trainer
Carmen Bandini (voiced by actor who played the Girl Submarine Commander in Magic Island) - tightrope walker who leaves the circus for Hollywood
Major Mike - the little person who regards himself as the star attraction on the midway
Decker/Dan Dougan - the kindly circus performer who turns out to be Jerry's big-game hunter uncle suffering from amnesia
Lorenz - the knife-throwing performer who controls Decker through bribery
Clara - the costumer
Johnny Bradley - Shakespearean clown
So sit back and gather the family around. Jerry and Rags will enthrall not only the kids, but adults too. After all, what child doesn't want to "run off to the circus" at some point in his or her young life? So run off to the circus with Jerry and Rags for over 125 episodes and 30 plus hours.
See also the follow-up series, Jerry at Fair Oaks.
From the Old Time Radio Researchers Group. See "Notes" Section below for more information on the OTRR.
It contains the most complete and accurate version of this series in the best sound possible at the time of creation. An updated version will be issued if more episodes or better sounding ones become available.
This is the Single Episodes Page. The Certified Set includes extras not found here. It is located at OTRR Certified Set. This Single Episodes page is provided in case you want to sample the shows.Note that in many cases, file names have been modified from the original OTRR names to conform to archive.org naming requirements.
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Relax, listen, and enjoy!
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Pre-2019 OTRR Definitions:
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OTRR Certified Complete -- A series that was "Certified Complete" achieved the highest level of certification available under the OTRR Certified Standards. This certification level implied that all the files in the series were "Certified Accurate" and also indicated that the series was as complete as possible and included all circulating episodes.
OTRR Non-Certified -- A collection of shows that has not gone through the OTRR Certification process.
Also, beginning in 2019, the version numbers of our OTRR releases changed format -- instead of v1.0 or v2.1, we are now using a version number that reflects the year and month the set was released. The format used is a two-digit year followed by a two-digit month. For example, "v1906" indicates a set that was released in June 2019, or "v1910" indicates a set released in October 2019.
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